Jagan cuts ‘O’ yatra to plan post-arrest strategy

News pulse, Politics | admin | September 1, 2011 at 2:19 am

So worried is he of being arrested anytime now in connection with a disproportionate assets case, that he has cut short his ‘Odarpu Yatra’ and gone into a huddle with his aides to discuss the future strategy if the law catches up with him.

The YSR Congress party president had launched the rally two weeks ago “for the sake of keeping my promise of visiting all those families who lost their kin after the sudden death of my father Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy”. But the recent entry of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) into the scene – it filed an FIR against Jagan and his business associates under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act and Foreign Exchange Management Act – has upset his plans.

While the CBI is preparing the ground for his arrest soon, the ED is expected to make a coordinated move in freezing all his bank accounts and that of his associated companies, besides stopping all further transactions.

The ED will have to file the chargesheet within 150 days from the filing of an FIR. Once it’s done, the ED will seek to attach all property of the accused.

The sudden development has jolted Jagan out of zone. He announced a “break” to his yatra in Krishna district and returned to Hyderabad. He called all his party leaders, including MLAs and MPs, to come to his residence to discuss what needs to be done next.

According to party sources, Jagan is expected to make crucial decisions about the party’s strategy in the event of his arrest. Accordingly, he is asking the leaders not to surrender the tempo of the movement against the ruling Congress party. “If Jagan is arrested, we will carry on with the struggle by keeping his mother Y. S. Vijayalakshmi, the party’s honourary president, in the forefront. In his place she would continue the Odarpu Yatra,” party spokesman G. Ramachandra Rao said.

YSR Congress party leaders feel that the probes against Jagan and his possible arrest will actually help him politically.

The party expects an upsurge of popular support for him, particularly in Seemandhra region, in case he is jailed.

Jagan loyalists have launched an emotional campaign focusing on how the Congress has joined hands with TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu to defame YSR’s family and foist cases against Jagan as part of a political vendetta.

Meanwhile, the fate of 29 MLAs who had resigned in support of Jagan still hangs in balance. For, assembly Speaker Nadendla Manohar has decided to go slow in accepting their resignations.

Apparently, the Speaker wants to take his own sweet time so that some of the MLAs can reconsider their resignations.

Manohar is expected to take more than a month to call the pro-Jagan MLAs in batches and talk to them individually, giving enough time to the Congress to make backroom attempts to persuade some of them to withdraw their resignations.

Source – IT

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